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Marikina was chosen as the pilot city for the national launch of the Department of Health’s (DOH) 38th Nutrition Month this July.
Carrying the theme, “Pagkain ng gulay ugaliin, araw-araw itong ihain,” the nutrition month intends to increase the Philippines' vegetable consumption and encourage the people to plant veggies in their backyards.
Launched in Concepcion Elementary School on Monday, the program presented different kinds of vegetable seedlings like tomatoes, eggplants, okra, and others which residents and school kids can use to plant vegetables.
“Vegetables are important as it gives vitamins and minerals our body can use to prevent and fight diseases. The city government will whole-heartedly cooperate with the DOH in encouraging the residents, especially the children, in eating vegetables,” Marikina City Mayor Del De Guzman said.
Several activities were also prepared by the City Health Office's Nutrition Section.
Last June 26-28, a “Pabasa sa Nutrisyon” was held in six barangays in Marikina including Tañong, Jesus Dela Peña, Marikina Heights, San Roque, Kalumpang, and Tumana where 60 pregnant women and mothers were taught proper nutrition for their children.
On July 13, a Cooking Contest at the Healthy City Center will be held involving barangay and community nutrition volunteers.
Meanwhile on July 20, the Nutrition Section of the CHO will teach mothers the proper way of cooking various vegetable dishes.
On July 31, a Malunggay Tree-Planting project will also be held in Barangay Tumana which the city government will spearhed through CHO, Parks Development Office, and the Philippine Dental Association.
Moreover, all Mondays of the month of July, a Veggie Talk program shall be held every morning in DEL Radio 1674 kHz giving tips on nutrition.